Monday, September 6, 2010


- Adelaide Hills, SA
- $20-$30
- Screwcap
- 13.0%alc

You can call me naive but I'm sensing a growing underswell of consumer resentment directed towards sauvignon blanc. Sure, Australia's infatuation with 'Savvy B' may have gotten a little out of hand, but let's not forget, there's still plenty of dedicated producers making sauvignon blanc of true integrity in this country (just like Shaw and Smith).

Something of an Adelaide Hills benchmark, Shaw and Smith's 2010 presents an openly aromatic nose of distinctive, pungent varietal quality; revealing ripe gooseberries and lime juice with touches of sweaty funk and an impressive mineral thread. Although there's a definitive indication of refinement to its mineral-accented character, the palate loses nothing by the way of varietal integrity or intensity, as it announces a ripe, juicy undercarriage that bursts with funked-up, almost smoky flavours of honeydew melons, lime and fresh grass, before it's driven to a long, uplifting finish by a zesty extract of sherbet-like citric acids.

ü+ Displaying more shape, refinement and funk than you'd normally expect from an Adelaide Hills savvy; the 2010 is right on the style button set by Shaw and Smith's recent outings. Drink to 2012.
91 points

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